Severe weather damages Waimanalo nursery; another storm on the way

It was a windy day Tuesday, but overall, clear and sunny.

But get ready for a change in the weather as yet another storm is on the way, bringing rain in the evening through Wednesday, and then again on the weekend.

It’s expected to be much weaker than the last cold front that moved through the islands Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu reports that a cold front will approach from the northwest Tuesday night and will bring an increase in showers as it pushes over Kauai tonight, and then Oahu and Maui County Wednesday.

The front will then dissipate Wednesday night, with weak high pressure building just north of the islands Thursday through Friday, bringing drier conditions back to the state.

The next cold front will push down the island chain over the weekend, and that could pack a bigger punch with breezy trades building in behind the front as a strong high pressure system fills in behind it.

Meanwhile, we’re learning the weekend weather caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to a plant nursery in Waimanalo.

Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery says four of its greenhouse structures were damaged and will likely cost $20,000 to repair.

“It was quite windy over here and a couple of green house roofs started to blow off,” said owner Sandy Kasman. “We had to cut those off, and then in some areas, the wind just pushed against walls until it mangled the greenhouse. We lost the coverings from four buildings, you can see them right here.”

Materials have to be shipped in from the mainland, so it could be a while before repairs are done. We’re told other nurseries were also impacted.

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